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Marion Harry Spielmann

Marion Harry Spielmann, by Harry Furniss, circa 1920s -NPG 3516 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marion Harry Spielmann

by Harry Furniss
Pen and ink with traces of pencil on wove paper, circa 1920s
15 1/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (387 mm x 318 mm)
NPG 3516

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in ink centre bottom: ‘Hy F’.
On reverse inscr. in pencil: ‘Marion H. Spielmann’.

This portraitback to top

This portrait sketch was published in the folio volume, Garrick Gallery Caricatures (publ.c.1913–16). [1] At the time of the acquisition Spielmann was still alive.

Furniss has observed Spielmann’s typical raised shirt collar and dapper silhouette, but the head is a crudely anti-semitic caricature, not clearly recognizable as the sitter.

See NPG collection 3337–3535, 3554–3620

Carol Blackett-Ord

Footnotesback to top

1) ‘Have you ever “struck” an advertisement in huge letters painted on high rocks somewhere in the States “Try Garrick Whisky” […] This album has just as little to do with the Club either, it is simply a name for a blend of even better spirits who happen to foregather “somewhere” in Garrick Street London.’ Preface, Furniss [c.1923].

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length to right, almost in profile to right, propped against armchair, hands raised in front of him, legs crossed at ankles.

Conservationback to top

Conserved, 1980.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; his sons, from whom purchased (through Theodore Cluse), April 1947

Reproductionsback to top

Furniss [c.1913–16], pl.42.

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